One of the largest lakes in Western Europe, Lake Geneva lies on the course of the Rhone River at the border between France and Switzerland. Well served by boats and heritage paddle steamers, most towns on the shores of Lake Geneva are largely French speaking though visitors may also hear Swiss-German, Italian and English. Geneva, the second most populous city in Switzerland, is internationally more prominent due to the presence of United Nations – World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labor Organization (ILO) headquarters.
This largest water-body in Switzerland is also the venue of several yacht racing events, which a popular sporting activity on Lake Geneva. Served by the Geneva International Airport, and which is the only airport within this region, Geneva is also accessible by trains. Boat travels and tours, which are undoubtedly the best means of transport often offering more scenic views, is the best way to explore Lake Geneva waters and its immediate surroundings.